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Mr. Lord Gurley 78 of Southfield, Michigan and formerly of Somerville, Alabama transitioned January 18, 2024. Mr. Gurley will have public viewing on Monday, January 29, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Reynolds Funeral Home. The Celebration of Life will be noon Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at Reynolds Funeral Home. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral. Inhumation will follow in Shiloh Cemetery in Somerville, Alabama.
Lord Gurley was born on August 20, 1945, in Somerville, Alabama to the union of the late Rance and Henrietta Gurley. On Thursday, January 18, 2024, God whispered softly in his ear and called Lord home to rest. He was the second of four sons and one daughter. His three brothers Thomas, William and George preceded him in death.
Lord graduated from Morgan County Training School in Hartselle, Alabama in 1964. His first job was as a brick mason. After moving to Detroit Michigan, in 1967, Lord joined the Putman Tool Company as a Cutter. In May 1968, Lord went to serve his country as a Supply Sergeant in the US Army. After completing his duty with the US Army in 1970, Lord returned home from the military and was hired by Ford Motor Company. Shortly thereafter, he met Jerilyn Williams and in 1971 they married; and during their 23-year union, two daughters were born, Nikila Denyse and Kawanna Lenyse. Being an example for the family was of the utmost importance to Lord, and as a result, in 1979 he pursued and received his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.
Lord accepted Christ as his savior at an early age. As a young man he was a member of Mt. Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Somerville, Alabama. Lord's strong faith in God, led him to join Crosstown Missionary Baptist Church, under the late Reverend Hill, where he served as a faithful Trustee for many years. In 1989 Lord became a member of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, under the late Reverend Charles G. Adams Sr. where he joined the Usher Board after being encouraged by his friend Rhunette. He truly enjoyed serving as an Usher until his health no longer allowed him to do so.
On December 18, 2001, Lord married Sandra Morris. During their 22 years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling abroad with family and friends. In their travels, they shared a love for cruising and seeing beautiful places. He used to laugh and say "who would ever think a poor boy from the backwoods of Alabama would be able to see all these beautiful places.
Lord’s love for life was strong. His passion for bowling, influenced by his family friends, the Coakleys, the Rivers, the Marshall's and the Robert's began in the 70's at the Bowl-A-Rama on 7 Mile Rd. He bowled his first 300 game, which was a 30-year lifelong goal of his, on April 25, 2017; which coincided with his mother-n-law’s birthday. Oh, what a happy day that was - he felt so accomplished! Lord enjoyed spending time with his bowling buddy's, Anthony, Malcom, John T, Betty Boo and The Big O amongst others. He was looking forward to getting his 29th year bowling plaque in Vegas in June. In addition to bowling, he adopted a love for golfing and always looked forward to golf trips out of town with his golf buddy's. Lord's passion for sports ran deep. He was a Detroit sports fan. For 20 years, he was a proud Lions season ticket holder. He also loved attending and watching the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Piston games. Over the years he met many sports figures which he was very proud of. Although sports made him happy, nothing compared to his love of family. From family reunions, to watching his grandkids perform whether in town or out of town - to spending time with the latest addition to the family, Lexington Dru'. Nothing topped the Holiday family gatherings, which were very special to him and brought him much joy. From the family picture boards, to playing family games, Lord always felt that it was his responsibility to guide his children. From talking with the kids, to preparing his delicious barbecue for the family.
Being a provider for his family was very important to Lord. During Lord's 35 years of employment with Ford Motor Company, Lord climbed the ladder, from Warehouse worker to Material Control Supervisor then promoted to Utility Supervisor, and then retired on August 1, 2005, as a Superintendent. Lord enjoyed his job immensely and rarely missed any unscheduled days off work.
After many years of retirement, he broke up the "life of leisure" and began working at Wayne State University Mike litch School of Business as a Monitor. He loved his 2 to 3-day work week. He enjoyed laughing and talking with co-workers and students coming in the building. As he would proudly say, "One Card Please or you're not allowed in the building."
Mourning his absence and treasuring his memory are: his loving and devoted wife of 22 years, Sandra; his sister, Vesta Pears; his children, Deborah (Anthony) Coleman, Trenia (Kenneth) Campbell, Derrick Dewayne Brown, Dilsey (Eric) Thomas, Nikila (Sederick) Hammond, Kawanna Gurley; his bonus daughters, Sean (Ernie) Ziegler and Tasha (Ronnie) Broadnax; grandchildren:, Nathaniel (Danielle) Orr, Marqueet Campbell, Markel Campbell, Alexu’s (Princess) Hammond, Jalen Thomas, Jada Thomas, Sederick (Mook) Hammond II, Chloe' (Angel) Hammond; bonus grandchildren, Trey Zeigler, Skylar Zigler and Myles Broadnax; great-grandchildren, Mercy, Micah, Leah, Jayden and Lexington Dru; god daughter, Jessica Marie; three special nieces, Coretta Tillman, Shanda Monique and Sharonda; two special nephews, Doraell and Daumon and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.